Alistair Gentry

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Self portrait with bandaged ear, after Vincent Van Gogh’s self portrait with bandaged ear. “As far as I can judge, I am not actually mentally ill.” (Vincent Van Gogh, 1889, shortly after cutting off part of his ear and giving it to a prostitute.)

I’m a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too.

I live in the UK. The work I make for publication, performance, broadcast and installation is often “subversive” (SFX), at times “startling” (The Independent) and occasionally even “fascinating” (The Times). Wikipedia classifies me as a “Science Fiction Artist”. I’m not sure what the anonymous Wikipedians and/or their taxonomical algorithm were thinking, nor am I entirely sure what it signifies, but perhaps I’m an artist from science fiction… a character in a William Gibson novel?

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Nowhere Plains, performance lectures/live webcasts (2005-2008)

I take part in gallery exhibitions, art and film festivals, readings, workshops and real-world incursions throughout my home country, the rest of Europe, and the world. I also write for blogs and magazines. Highlights of my career so far include the publication of two novels, being artist in residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Policy & Research Forum, exhibiting my films at La Biennale di Venezia, being awarded the Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellowship by English Heritage and Arts Council England, and working in Japan on absolutely anything. 日本は私の好きな場所です! 私が帰るように私を招待してください… I’ve been an artist in residence in England, Scotland, Wales, Norway and China; a properly paid and supported artist in residence, incidentally, not the type you pay for yourself which is just going on holiday really, isn’t it? In 2010 I wrote a successful memoir of being a fairly unsuccessful artist, Career Suicide, which you can buy by clicking the link to the left. I accidentally set up the planet Earth’s number one online source for the full and unexpurgated erotic letters of James Joyce.

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Danse Macabre from Magickal Realism, performance lecture & video (2009-2013)

My inspiration comes from historical and contemporary folklore, traditional storytelling, and magical or esoteric practices of Britain, Europe and Asia. I have an equal interest in science and technology, particularly the social sciences and their processes. I’ve collaborated extensively with scientists and sometimes I use scientific and academic research methods either earnestly, or satirically and pataphysically. I also like creepy old mannequins, broken toys, silly costumes, museums, absurdity and making machines do things their manufacturers wouldn’t approve of. Read a 2011 interview with me by fellow writer and artist Iain Aitch here or one I did in 2014 here.

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Stendhal Syndrome, performance lecture & video (2011)

I was a founder of Market Project: professional and economic research by artists (2010-2013), which was funded by Arts Council England. Until the gallery’s closure in 2012 I was an Associate Artist at ArtSway, having worked with them in various capacities since 2002. For most of my career I’ve worked collaboratively with other artists, writers, designers, actors, architects, scientists and audiences. I constantly seek new opportunities to make, exhibit and talk about my work, to perform or do readings, and to forge new and lasting connections with interesting people or places, so I really welcome enquiries and communication.

I post regularly on Twitter, and it’s a good place to make contact with me and ask questions if you want to. You can also contact me via the BIO/CV menu at the top of this page, or through my about.me page. My critical writing about contemporary art has most recently been published by a-n, Garageland, The Guardian, and Sluice magazine.

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Three Times True, video installation (2007 & 2013)

In 2016 I tried to find and make new opportunities for performance artists (and I still am), I went to Iceland, I named and created backstories for furniture, scripted an app based on the experiences of people with dementia, and I worked on a complex commission where I created false history, documentation and objects for a tourist area, among other things.

The latest updates about my work are always on Blog/News page first.

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